Study hopes to prove benefits of chance and risk in education
Tapping into students' inner gamblers by adding an element of chance to lessons could significantly boost learning and help to close the attainment gap between rich and poor, a study is aiming to show.
Researchers will test whether the same physiological responses that attract people to gambling can be used to engage students in the classroom.
The project is part of a wider research programme to understand how neuroscience can improve education, and will try to evaluate Year 8 science students' responses to games-based rewards. Academics are currently recruiting 81 schools and 12,150 students to take part in the study, which will run until the end of 2017.
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